I cannot take credit for this post. I am posting it unaltered because it hit me very hard today as I have been stalling on getting my work out started and therefore completed this morning. 🙂 I opened up my emails and decided to read this post – I have yet to read the other 6, but for some reason I opened his 7th. Tad-dah…it had to do with working out. As he mentions the similarities of disciplining your body and your spiritual life, I see the same similarities with body and business.
#7 Take care of your body
To stay physically healthy, you will pay now through dieting, physical exercise, and adequate rest, or you will pay later through premature debilitation and possibly a shortened life span. Like it or not, the law of sowing and reaping is inviolable. How many godly, gifted men have I known who refused to discipline themselves in their eating habits, working out, and pacing their lives, only to pay dearly in their senior years. Do we grasp the fact that our body belongs to God and is to be stewarded according?
“ Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body ” (I Cor. 6:19, 20).
We live in a high paced, highly stressed society that places immense demands upon us. Compared to a century ago, we are living life on steroids. Jesus warned us that “in the world you will have trouble.” That word “trouble” in the original language conveys the idea of anguish, distress, affliction, pressure; to be squeezed. The good news is that Christ also said in the same breath, “ In me you may have peace…take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33). Other biblical notables have commented on this issue of our trouble in life:
- Job : “…Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward…Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble”(Job 5:7;14:1).
- David : “All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan” (Psa. 90:9).
- Paul : “…I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears…I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches” (2 Cor. 2:4a; 11:28b). (See Act. 14:22)
At age 33 I returned from a missionary stint in Asia, so physically depleted that I could not run around the block once! Determined to get myself into shape, I began swimming 3 days a week until I got up to a mile. It took six months and I hated every minute of it. After two years of swimming, there was a breakthrough where I actually began enjoying it. Since 1970 I have been swimming 3 – 5 miles a week. Five years ago I added a rigorous gym workout to my regimen. I have become convinced that the spiritual and the physical aspects of our lives are inextricably linked together. I have noticed that when I am down physically I tend toward having the blahs spiritually. (See Pro. 3:7, 8; 16:24)
Physical discipline is part and parcel of the serious disciple’s life: Paul: “…Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness…[Like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit] (1 Tim. 4:7b – NASB; 1 Cor. 9:27 – Amp. N. T.). (See 2 Tim. 2:3-7)
QUESTION : We learn from the life of Jesus that He was well orbed: “…Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Lk. 2:52b) Shouldn’t that also be true of us, His disciples?
This week may you experience His grace, peace and protection.
R. Dwight Hill
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TRUTH SHARED THIS MORNING:
Be warned… that before every life changing momentous occasion in your life, temptations will be amplified, you will be attacked left and right by the devil and things will go crazy because the adversary knows that if you make it through these trials and tribulations, these life changing events, you will be a stronger better person/LEADER (built of character which produces HOPE) and be given more power and blessings from above.
MY 2014 GOAL: Identify 20+ people who are serious about generating an additional $2,000+ a month in residual income, spare/part time – AND HELP THEM DO IT!!!
I am realizing more and more that our minds are a very fertile soil. What you plant there will grow. I live in Northern California. We have an immense and very fertile valley that runs up and down our amazing state. We grow some of the worlds food here. The soil is rich in nutrients and minerals. The climate is wonderful for growing all sorts of things, from almonds to strawberrys. From rice to dried plums. You name it, it can grow here. This includes weeds, and poisonous plants. The soil knows neither good nor bad plant life. It was not designed to determine what is good or bad, what should or shouldn’t grow. Whatever is planted – grows, and grows well! It is our job as stewards of the land to care for it. Plant the good and pull out the bad. Water, till the soil, break up the hardened surfaces so that we have more productive ground, etc. We are the caretakers of the soil. Soil doesn’t take care of itself.
Our minds are no different! Our sub-conscience knows neither good nor bad, right nor wrong, truth nor lie. It simply follows what is planted or better said, programmed. What is said to us, and about us is very important, especially if we do not understand the power of words and how they get “planted” into our sub-conscience; our “fertile soil.” The spoken word is a command to our sub-conscience. Like planting a seed into the soil. Seeds are designed to grow, that is what they do. If they get watered, they will grow. We must hold captive and sort through the seeds before they get planted. Throw away the bad and continue planting the good. This is work. It does not just happen by living. It requires a conscience decision and action – “working the soil.”
Since words are seeds and seeds grow, words are very powerful and we must be active in our sorting of what gets planted versus discarded. Do you just allow anyone to scatter seeds into your soil? If your cash crop is corn, and that is what will feed your family and that is what your customers demand from you, willing to pay top dollar, are you going to allow others to scatter/sow any types of seeds? They throw rice, beans, lettuce, radishes, potato’s, etc. on your ground. What will that do for your cash crop of corn? It will make harvesting much more difficult and costly. It will limit the amount of true growing space for corn. Your corn will fight for resources and nutrients in order to do what it wants to do – grow, which then effects your families livelihood.
So how does one control what words enter their sub-conscience? I believe the easiest way to combat negative seeds being sown is to fence your land. Station guards around your land 24/7 so that it is protected. It is important this land is able to produce the most, and best corn it can because this is what feeds your family and your dreams/goals!! What do I mean by fencing and guarding? There are easy things you can eliminate from your life (fencing and guarding keeps bad out) that will produce big time positive results. Eliminate television, especially the news. Eliminate the newspaper, be very guarded with your time on the internet. Be very careful who you hold conversations with on a daily or weekly basis. The more time spent with people, the more influence they and their thinking have on you (that is why choosing a mate is such a huge deal and shouldn’t be rushed or based on “feelings,” but that is for another blog post). It is important to “plant” words of belief, action, success, etc. into your sub-conscience. speak daily to yourself – you can plant your own seeds! Your sub-conscience does not know right from wrong, true or lie, remember. So, yes, you can speak positive seeds and grow an amazing harvest. Record positive words, phrases, and sentences about what, how, when you want to be. Play these recordings morning and night. I encourage you to purchase the book “What To Say When You Talk To Yourself” by Shad Helmstetter. He goes into this in detail. Any questions or further explanation required – simply respond to this post.